Michelle’s heirloom is her mother’s Kastellorizian costume, a legacy of the family's struggle to survive and retain their cultural traditions in Australia.
Ajak is a refugee from Sudan. She arrived in Australia with only a UN bag and her music; a tradition passed down by generations of women in her homeland.
Franco’s heirloom is a coffee grinder. It was one of the few treasured possessions his mother brought with her on the long journey from post war Calabria. She used it every morning of her short life.
In 1940 Henry and his parents left China and arrived in Australia as war refugees. His sisters were never allowed to migrate. Henry’s heirloom represents the heartbreak of fractured families in wartime.
Anne’s mother claimed a ‘trophy’ for surviving the brutalities of a
Japanese Prison Camp in WWII - a samurai sword that belonged to her
John’s heirloom was the key to freedom when his family escaped North Korea at the beginning of the Communist regime.
In the outback, the oldest boy in the family always inherited the land, but the youngest girl inherited something far more meaningful.
Peter’s heirloom is a piece of sheet metal from the wreckage of a WWII
Lancaster bomber. It represents a link to the father, Peter’s dad
Asha’s heirloom is her father’s cane knife. For Asha it symbolizes the
hard work and sacrifices her father made to free his family from the
cycle of poverty.
Jeff’s heirloom is a piece of wood. It was gathered from the remains of
his home, after his close-knit Aboriginal community were forced off
their spiritual land.
8 years in the making, this compelling doco traces the impact of reading on more than 5000 years of human history.
Read in good company with sensual Spanish & flamenco music and timeless classics.